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The Dead Live at Greensboro Colisium on 2009-04-12

Set 1:

01. The Music Never Stopped>
02. Jack Straw
03. Estimated Prophet>
04. He's Gone>
05. Touch Of Grey>
06. I Need A Miracle>
07. Truckin'

Set 2:

01. Jam> Shakedown Street>
02. All Along The Watchtower>
03. Caution>
04. Drums> Space>
05. Cosmic Charlie>
06. New Potato Caboose>
07. Help On The Way> Slipknot!> Franklin's Tower
08. Encore: Samson And Delilah

Collection TheDead
Band/Artist The Dead
Venue Greensboro Colisium
Location Greensboro, NC

Source CMXY4V > Mini Me > 722 (24/96)
Lineage Compact Flash > PC > Vegas > CDWave > FLAC v1.2.1 (L6) as build in TLH v2.4.1 (Build 160)
Taped by Robert Krall
Transferred by Daniel Kopp


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Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - April 12, 2014
Subject: --
Five years how's it hold up? Well....I like the Dead's tour from this spring season, but some are truly better than others (check 5/2, for example).

Set 1 starts off mighty fine - MSN > Jack Straw is close to 25 minutes between the two of them; you can hear how all over this thing the crowd is from the beginning....but then they start to wear - Bobby simply doesn't have any idea what to do with Estimated, and it's rare I'd discard a 15 min+ Estimated kicking off a jam, but they really can't grab back that energy. He's Gone has a big splice that I guess never really got fixed on the upload.

Set 2 - They're right there from the beginning, and Shakedown is a BIG monster - but, again, they just start slipping - listen to how out of sync Phil and the hi-hat are on Caution - sometimes this thing gets dangerously close to sounding like a half-aborted rehearsal - really cringeworthy stuff to hear it go on so long like that. Drums > Space is a delightful no-brainer, and post-space they manage to come together quite well - I like the ethereal loveliness of New Potato. The only jam they really reach on all night is Slipknot.

So a VERY mixed bag. I know everyone breathlessly liked posting reviews of the Dead and Furthur shows whilst on the way to the next, but how do these shows stand up against time, removed from the novelty of posting-as-you-tour?
Reviewer: Here & Now - - April 26, 2009
Subject: Rhythm Devils
Rhythm Devils
I really love the Drumz/Space This tour. Micky and Billy are having a blast. Some melodic themes are replayed on different nights. For instance: The rhythm devils melodic theme from 4/12/09 is the same one as they played at 4/22/09. The great thing about it, is each night they both lay there rhythmic finger prints on top of and all around each nights theme.
Very cool guys! I hope thers more tours to come.
Listening excitingly closely...
Reviewer: NCStephen - - April 18, 2009
Subject: Great show !!!
Hey sheadgrove, Who ever said song writers cant re-write or change there song a little. I was there in greenboro and the show smoked inside and out. Ever since the dead started in the sixties they have been fucking up the lyrics live including JG. You must be a "newbie". If your gonna review here lets be real and accurate.
If you dont like the tapers sound then get the sbd and revie then. so you know whats really happening on stage. Friend of the Dead
Reviewer: sheadgrove - - April 15, 2009
Subject: Greensboro
First Impression was that it was just okay. Second listen and I hear some really good moments. Nice song selections. Definately some off moments like when Bobby starts singing something thats not supposed to be there. When does it ever go "Shake it down now" in Shakedown. And then singin something weird in Estimated,Someones gotta tell him to stop. Ha. Can't wait for MSG!
Reviewer: Psycle Sam - - April 15, 2009
Subject: Greensboro
1st impression, the crowd was so into the show, what energy. Sounds like the boys are as excited to be playing. Personal favs here; Touch of Gray, tears, 1 from sorrow, 1 of joy. I could still hear Brent. Warren, nice!
Wish I was there,,,Thanks to the taper. Peace.
Reviewer: datmaster - - April 15, 2009
Subject: no cut in truckin
we are uploading a new He's gone very soon
it will remain seemless
Reviewer: WeWantPhil - - April 14, 2009
Subject: Recording Comment
Cuts in He's Gone & Truckin.
Reviewer: BobP1339 - - April 14, 2009
Subject: Great Show!
This was one great show. Of course, it's a bit different without Jerry, but my hats off to WH. He did a smokin' job!

And of course Bobby forgot lyrics... If he didn't, he wouldn't by Bobby. Listen to any 70's show, and when Bobby forgets the lyrics, the crowed goes wild. All part of the show.

The He's Gone was great, the Coliseum rocked with the audience singing along.


Reviewer: tphokie2 - - April 14, 2009
Subject: Thanks for your hard work tapers
Tapers, thanks so much for your dedication! It's amazing that you can set up and record and get shows posted this quickly while touring with the guys! I'm forever grateful for your willingness to share this music with the rest of us. I'm listening to this show as I'm getting ready to go see the boys myself tomorrow in Charlottesville, VA. I have been pleasantly surprised by the show and am looking forward to tomorrow even more! What I've heard so far indicates this is the best post Jerry version of the band to date and is also superior to most days in the last year or so of Jerry's life. Once again, thanks so much for making this available to the rest of us!
Reviewer: studog - - April 14, 2009
Subject: Great show
Overall the show and experience was great. Not the same level as in the 80's, but it was good...better than anyone else touring today for my money.
I thought the show started a little rusty, but by the time they hit Miracle through the end it sounded great.
For sure the jams were different without Jerry but some of the 2nd set jams were way intense. The jam at the end of Truckin was awesome.
Phil was awesome in the 2nd set and the keyboards on help/slip/franklin were great. The light show was really good and the staff at the coliseum was GREAT.
As far as ticket prices, they are not much different than any other major act. For that you get a 4 hour show and if you want it 4 hours of quality entertainment outside of the show....for eight hours of fun that ain't bad.
As far as the Bobby complainers, you would be bitchin even worse if he sang more Jerry songs or they had someone else singing a bunch of Jerry songs.
Reviewer: willowmon asheville - - April 14, 2009
Subject: Thank you real good time.......
I give this show 5 stars- it blew my hat and socks off!!! Thanks Warren for coming in strong as always and keeping the Spirit alive- you rock!!! The drums and space were stellar- did they open up a door to another dimension-or was that just me??? Thanks to the entire band, you're back!!! Anyone who didn't like this show ain't looking for a real good time- stay at home, and like your Mama said- "if you don't have anything good to say................!!! Shanti people.....
Reviewer: nauminetineti - - April 14, 2009
Subject: Leave Bobby Alone
Leave Bobby Weir alone Leave him alooooohhhhhne He is just a human After all he's been through pleeeaseeee leave him aloooooohhhne
Reviewer: Tjrifanburg - - April 14, 2009
Subject: 4/12/09
I can't believe how fast these get posted!
Not bad, better than I expected. Warren's playing is fresh and his vocals add nice flavor to the tried and true styles of Weir & Lesh.

So what if Grizzly Bob forgets a couple of words here and there.

Phil's playing is is funky and chunky. I can't believe how long this show is.

The drumming is tight like they have never missed a beat.

The exploration of sound from Caution>Drums>Space and into Cosmic Charlie was trully expansive with sending me into utter meltdown and fastforward.

I read other posting's on Philzone and I found that in spite of what other's were saying, this show was quite entertaining.

The older I get the more I appreciate the evolution of the sound of the Dead. They might not be as forceful as they once were but a force to be reckoned with none the less. If I wanted to hear Dead circa 19.. I would go to the archive. Warren is an excellent fit not only for his guitar work, but for his soulful and colorful vox.

The 2nd set just picks up steam and does not stop until New Potato Caboose. Help On The Way> Slipknot!> Franklin's Tower & the encore Samson And Delilah seem to send the crowd home on a high note.

I've been to enough P&F, Ratdog, Mickey Hart Mystery..... to say that the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. I don't understand what all the complaints about tix prices were about. These are professional entertainers and get paid as such. Dude, have you ever been to a NFL Championship Game? I think I am still paying that experience off.

The crowd is really into this Franklins Tower. I am so stoked by this that I might try to score tix myself if time permits in my schedule.
Reviewer: flashy714 - - April 14, 2009
Subject: Go see The Dead!
I saw the opening night of the tour yesterday in Greensboro.

Get outta the house and go see the Dead!

Flash's Take on the Show.

Ya see, I went in with a feeling that due to the high ticket prices being charged and the target audience, the band would have to play a Grateful Dead show. I mean that the average concert-going kid ain't gonna go see a show by the old fuddydud Dead, especially at a high price anyway, so they'd have to really please the deadheads!

Anyway, I was absolutely correct in the first set.

The band played a first set of all GD tunes with all singing by Bobby. Although Warren Haynes surely took the Jerry route (playing little of his trademark slide guitar and instead playing what sounded an awful lot like Garcia-style), Weir sang the first bunch of songs with Warren only taking a verse in the middle of Touch of Grey (although the Carolina crowd went wild for the home-boy!). There was also a cool new postlude jam to the Truckin'. I was expecting a Truckin' > Deal to end the set, but that jam had a lot of people thinking New Speedway (there had been a tease of it earlier)(two Other One teases in the first set, also), but it was neat that it was None of the Above and it ended the set quite neatly!

I've got take time to mention that while the band was at the top of their game: tremendous drummers, Chimenti's keyboard playing has always been great, and Weir is's truly awe-inspiring to see Lesh play. The guy's a fookin' monster. He was all over the place last night giving a clinic for originality in bass playing. But then there's Warren Haynes. I was never a huge Allman Bros fan, but I know Warren's playing and style quite well (which incidentally, I thought was technically great, but a little limited stylistically). In the winter of 2000, I saw Warren's holiday show (The Christmas Jam) in his hometown of Asheville, NC. The show started at 6:00 and ended just after 3:00AM. Nope, that's not a typo. It was a nine-hour show with almost no break between bands.
Warren Haynes played with every band and was a true tour de force.
The last band of the evening was Warren's own band Government Mule. Their bass player (Allen Woody, also formerly of the Allmans) had recently died and in his memory Government Mule played a set with four different bass players! (including Dave Schools, the great Oteil Burbridge, and the guy from Phish).
I was overwhelmed by Haynes' talent.
I've seen him a handful of times since then, but last night I found out how much he's progressed. It was an incredible display of guitar playing, singing, and raw musical talent. His interplay with Phil was beyond description.

Anyway, back to the show....after the first set, I thought I had the tour pegged.

But then after a looong intermission, the band came out with Warren singing three in a row! I guess I had been wrong about them keeping it a real Bobby and Phil Dead Show. The Watchtower was wicked good. Phil really opened up, laying down bombs at every opportunity in the second set. Warren Haynes was on fire. Phil was absolutely smokin' (especially during the Caution, that also featured some great improv vocal stuff by Warren). Drums and Space were really busy (and really louder than the show had been up to that point). When the vocals came back during Charlie and Potato, it was a little too loud for the sound to be quite right, but the music was really good. The Help-Slip-Frank was beyond great. Truly inspiring with a bit of a different jam before the true slipknot. The Sunday night Samson was an easy call and sounded great, too.

My advice, GO SEE THE DEAD. I only wish I could see more,

Reviewer: akadannyboy - - April 14, 2009
Subject: Thanks to some solid recorders
Haven't heard anyone make mention of Warren's scalding hot 'Watchtower'
Reviewer: gregulator - - April 14, 2009
Subject: good start
I noticed a milestones theme jammed/hinted at the beginning and during caution. I also thought I heard warren warming up the 8 miles high after the vocals on caution pre drums. I hope they dust off both of those tunes this tour!
Reviewer: UKDEADHEADKUWAIT - - April 14, 2009
When you are stuck in a shithole called Kuwait working as a teacher to make money and miss lots of civil liberties is an Islamic country like this where apparently 'its legal to listen to western music but illegal to gain any pleasure from it' - ie Coldplay and Madonna CD's are everywhere! - it si fantastic to obtain amazing quality shows from the greatest band of all time less than 24 hours after they played them. One of the greatest post 1995 shows - a blistering - help>slipknot.franlins. Warren is on fire and is the best guitarist to have post Jerry. Please continue the uploads throughout the tour. Amazing job to the taper and I am eternally grateful. Pity Weir looks like shit and sings like shit on regular occasions at the moment. He nailed his chop tonight, mind you!
Email me - if you wanna keep in touch. Appreciate it.
Reviewer: thebone - - April 13, 2009
Subject: Great Opener!!
Thanks to the tapers for getting this up so fast. As a tour alum (approx. 80 shows, between 1984-95), it's amazing to think that you can hear a show literally within hours of its completion. Things have come a long way from Duprees in the lot, the Greenpeace boards (I think??), and 1-900-CALDEAD (with my boy Ace Cubbie).

Warren Haynes is the perfect pick for the Jerry spot, and this show was excellent. My top pick:
He's Gone. It was really awesome, especially with the crowd sing-along. Here's to a great tour!!
Reviewer: Hotpuppy - - April 13, 2009
Subject: Poor Warren!
If I had a nickel for every time Bob stepped on a Jerry/Phil run in order to sing "I Need a Miracle"
(or some such dreck), I would be able to afford my ticket for this Saturday nite. Warren only has to put up with him for this tour, Jerry had to deal with Bob for 30 years.
Reviewer: ParkerJH - - April 13, 2009
Subject: Sounds Great
Thanks for getting this up so quickly!
The D->S->Cosmic -> NPC -> HelpSlipFrankin's is particularly enjoyable. Warren sounds great too.
Reviewer: rythymd3vil - - April 13, 2009
Subject: its just too bad
bobby wont let warren show him up. can just imagine places in slipknot or jack straw or samson where warren could have taken it a step higher and sent that arena into even more of a frenzy. You cant take the jam halfway up the mountain ya gotta top it off. LET WARREN BE WARREN, we wont think any less of you BOB, WE ALREADY LOVE YOU.

was an awesome show though for the most part I had a killer time. Big thank you to those involved in making this tape possible, and so fast. happy to have this on cd
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - - April 13, 2009
Subject: No cut in Truckin here
This source has the 6+ minutes missing from the c42 source, thanks to ~all~ tapers for their hard work and dedication!
Reviewer: The Trout Whisperer - - April 13, 2009
Subject: Thanks Man!
Just wanted to say a special "Thank You" to the taper for getting this up so fast. What a great surprise today!

Looking forward to the Boy's return to Albany later this week! Sounding good!!!
Reviewer: David1231 - - April 13, 2009
Subject: The Dead are Alive and Kickin'!
First of all, thank you so much to the taper for putting this fantastic show up on the Archive so quickly! And what a show indeed! Absolutely one of the best shows I have heard in quite some time! And my first show was 9/21/72! I will always miss Jerry and "He's Gone" is very nicely done. And Warren Haynes is indeed an excellent guitarist. I am definitely chomping at the bit while waiting to see them in Philly on 5/1 & 5/2!
Reviewer: jackamosaint - - April 13, 2009
Subject: the music never stops...
wow! how grateful i am to the boys for thier willingness to navigate those days between to bring us to where we are now. Making music again together -- the band the community-- sounds like it has really been what we've all been missing for some time now. Also thanks to Krall and Kopp for this great recording! Familiar, Joyful sounds abound yet with new life and vigor- fresh like i'm meeting an old friend and for the first time in way too long and finding they are alive and doing better than i imagined but they've been missing me too:) --- i think also this is only the begining some amazing things to come --- i knew i'd find the sun shining in back door someday- long as i kept lookin...
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